The victim is not known to police and is cooperating with investigators
THE Coquitlam RCMP said on Monday that they are continuing to investigate the shooting that occurred on the weekend, leaving one man injured.
On December 4, at approximately 4:41 p.m., police responded to a shots-fired call in the 1600-block of Chickadee Place in Coquitlam. A victim was located with a gunshot wound. He was transported to hospital by Emergency Health Services where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.
His nine-year-old son was in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but escaped with no physical injuries.
A silver sedan was seen leaving the area immediately following the shooting.
At approximately 4:57 p.m., a vehicle fire was reported to the Port Moody Police Department on Maude Court. The vehicle appeared to have been abandoned and intentionally set on fire. No injuries were reported in relation to the vehicle fire.
The burnt vehicle is described as an early 2000’s Infiniti G35 and silver in colour.
Coquitlam RCMP is now investigating the nexus between the burnt vehicle in Port Moody and the shooting in Coquitlam.
Police said that it was important to note that there is insufficient evidence to link this incident to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict or to rule that out, but they do not believe this was a completely random act. Police said they cannot draw inferences that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and the community should not draw inferences about the victim. The victim is not known to police and is cooperating with investigators. This remains “an active and fluid” investigation.
“We know this is an unsettling event and casts a ripple effect on public safety in our communities. We are working diligently to gather facts and evidence so that we may find those responsible for this incident,” said Media Relations Officer Cpl. Paige Kuz.
The Coquitlam RCMP Major Crime Section has conduct of both of these investigations. Police officers are appealing to members of the public who may have been in the following areas for any dash camera video, residential video or any other information that could assist in this investigation:
– the Westwood Plateau and surrounding areas on December 4, between 4:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
– the area of Maude Court and Noons Creek Drive on December 4, between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
“Anyone who may have been in the area between these two locations is a potential witness,” said Kuz. “Residents of areas surrounding these two locations are being urged to mine their memories and review their video surveillance for suspicious vehicles or persons that were new to the area or didn’t seem to belong there, on December 4 or on the days prior.”
If anyone has information, you are requested to call the Coquitlam RCMP Detachment at 604-945-1550 and ask to speak to the Major Crime Section.